Mat by Leesia Teh PhotographyMat (left) is a 9-month-old, 10-pound Chihuahua who was surrendered by his previous owner because he is not housetrained. Unfortunately, Mat’s former owner used a punishment-based method for training, which was unsuccessful, leaving Mat confused and his former owner cussing. Mat needs an owner who will use positive reinforcement to teach Mat what to do and where to do it. In the meantime, Mat will be introduced to crate training while he is at Atlanta Pet Rescue, and he will be well on his way to having good house manners in no time. Mat is a sensitive little guy who is looking for a patient new owner and a cat free home. Atlanta Pet Rescue is open Tuesday through Friday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday noon to 5 p.m. For more information about Atlanta Pet Rescue or how to adopt any of the 80+ dogs, cats, puppies and kittens looking for homes, visit

Pet Briefs

Pets Are Loving Support (P.A.L.S.) will hold its annual Pins for P.A.L.S. fundraiser on Sunday, Aug. 2, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at Midtown Bowl, 1936 Piedmont Circle. There will also be a silent auction with prizes like a weekend getaway for two to New Orleans and much more. Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for 12 and younger or 65 and older. Purchase online at

Peachtree Hills Animal Hospital has announced the addition of Dr. Edith Rogers to its practice, joining veterinarians Dr. Keri Weyl and practice founder Dr. Duffy Jones. An Atlanta native, Rogers previously served as a staff veterinarian at Adobe Animal Hospital in Palo Alto, Calif., a 21-doctor practice open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. She began practicing small animal medicine in Beverly Hills at the Miller Robertson Animal Hospital.

DeKalb County-based American Pet Valet Pooper Scooper and Pet Waste Removal Service is a company that will come to your home and scoop your dog’s poop, so that you don’t have to. Rates begin as low as $15 per week. or (404) 838-6153.

Pet Well Veterinary Healthcare is now open at 1456 Northside Dr., next door to Doguroo. Founded by Dr. Brian Berger, the practice specializes in the needs of the urban pet. or (404) 856-7500.

Poochi Sociatee is a new social web site where dog owners can mingle, brag, share events and news and seek advice from a resident veterinarian.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.